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The Writings in Prose and Verse of Eugene Field

In Twelve Volumes

By Eugene Field

1911-14 - New York - Charles Scribner's

7.5" by 5"; (li) 205pp; (ix) 290pp; (xv) 211pp; (xiv) 228pp; (xxi) 293pp; (xvii) 141pp; (xiii) 253pp; (ix) 268pp; (xxvii) 217pp; (xii) 314pp; (xxi) 254pp; (xii) 274pp.

 


 
 
 
 
 

DETAILS

A collection of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Eugene Field.

Complete in twelve volumes.

The set consists of: Little Book of Western Verse, Little Book of Profitable Tales, Second Book of Verse, Poems of Childhood, Holy Cross and Other Tales, The Sabine Farm, Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac, The House, Songs and Other Verses, Second Book of Tales, Sharps and Flats I and Sharps and Flats II.

Eugene Field, Sr. (September 2, 1850 November 4, 1895) was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays.

Field worked as a journalist for the St. Joseph Gazette in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1875. Field soon rose to become city editor of the Gazette.

He became known for his light, humorous articles written in a gossipy style, some of which were reprinted by other newspapers around the country. It was during this time that he wrote the famous poem "Lovers Lane" about a street in St. Joseph, Missouri.

From 1876 through 1880 Field lived in St. Louis, first as an editorial writer for the Morning Journal and subsequently for the Times-Journal. After a brief stint as managing editor of the Kansas City Times, he worked for two years as editor of the Denver Tribune.

In 1883 Field moved to Chicago where he wrote a humorous newspaper column called Sharps and Flats for the Chicago Daily News. The Sharps and Flats column ran in the newspaper's morning edition. In it, Field made quips about issues and personalities of the day, especially in the arts and literature. A pet subject was the intellectual greatness of Chicago, especially compared to Boston.

Field first started publishing poetry in 1879, when his poem "Christmas Treasures" appeared in A Little Book of Western Verse. Over a dozen volumes of poetry followed and he became well known for his light-hearted poems for children, among the most famous of which are "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" and "The Duel" (which is perhaps better known as "The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat"). Field also published a number of short stories, including "The Holy Cross" and "Daniel and the Devil."

Several of his poems were set to music with commercial success. Many of his works were accompanied by paintings from Maxfield Parrish. His former home in St. Louis is now a museum. A memorial to him, a statue of the "Dream Lady" from his poem "Rock-a-by-Lady", was erected in 1922 at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. There is also a park and fieldhouse named in his honor in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. In nearby Oak Park, Illinois, another park is named in his honor. A statue of Wynken, Blynken and Nod adorns Washington Park, near Field's Denver home.

CONDITION

In a half crushed morocco leather binding with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. Spines are slightly sunned. There is some minor damage to the tops and tails of the spines. Joints are starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Some hinges are slightly tender. Pages are bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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